a combining form meaning “seizure,” used in the formation of compound words: epilepsy.

Nearby words

  1. -lashed,
  2. -later,
  3. -latry,
  4. -le,
  5. -lent,
  6. -less,
  7. -let,
  8. -like,
  9. -ling,
  10. -lings

Origin of -lepsy

combining form representing New Latin -lēpsia < Greek -lēpsia, equivalent to lêps(is) a seizure (lēp- variant stem of lambánein to seize + -sis -sis) + -ia -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for -lepsy


sometimes -lepsia

n combining form

indicating a seizure or attackcatalepsy
Derived Forms-leptic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -lepsy

from New Latin -lepsia, from Greek, from lēpsis a seizure, from lambanein to seize

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Medicine definitions for -lepsy




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